Slough Borough Council: Housing and Homelessness

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Dear Slough Borough Council,

I am requesting the following information:

1. How many people are under Council’s Housing waiting list at present ?
Would you please specify the age group, gender and the number of minorities,BME community who are in the council's housing waiting list.

2. Would you please give specify how many people have applied for one bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom, four bedroom,Five bedroom in year 2012-2013?

3.Please provide number of how many people you have accommodated following the statutory duty under housing act who have been declared themselves as homeless and sissified the homelessness assessment process. Please give number by year starting from January 2012 to December 2013.Please also specify their gender,age group and if possible ethnic identity.

4.Please provide number the people who are in current council waiting list who are homeless.

5.Please share what are the present council policy to address homelessness. And how council is allocating budget for that.

6.Please share the total number of council house and please specify the type of the house and number and area and how many are current empty.

7.Please provide how much council had spent yearly since January 2012 to December 2013,to build new council house/flat.

8.According to the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002) all Local Authorities must have a Homelessness Strategy in place What are the homelessness strategy of the Council council.Please share the yearly the yearly of starting from January 2012 to December 2013.

10. Under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002) Council has certain responsibilities towards people who are homeless or threatened with
homelessness. Would you please provide number, age,gender to whom you provided service following the specific law.

11.How long you take to process housing benefit claim. How many housing benefit claim has been process by the council since January 2012 to December 2013. Please provide number of each year.

12. How much council had spent to pay the employee who are working on homeless issues in council.Please give yearly details starting from January 2012 to December 2013.

13. How many people were successfully prosecuted for housing benefit fraud during year 2012 and 2013.

14.Did council appointed any third party to find out or tackle benefit fraud. If yes, Who is the company and how much council has paid them for the service.

Yours faithfully,

William Gomes

FOI, Slough Borough Council

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Mr Gomes

 

Please find below the reply to your recent FOI request.

 

Regards, SBC FOI Officers

 

 

1. How many people are under Council’s Housing waiting list at present?

Would you please specify the age group, gender and the number of
minorities, BME community who are in the council's housing waiting list?

 

2. Would you please give specify how many people have applied for one
bedroom, two bedrooms, three bedrooms, four bedrooms, five bedrooms in
year 2012-2013?

 

The answer below covers Question 1&2

 

We are currently reviewing our housing register. Please find below the
number of those on the list by ethnic breakdown for the year ending
2012-2013. We are unable to supply information on the gender or age range
of these applicants. All other information relating to those on the list
and the demand by bedroom size can be found on our home seekers newsletter
attached.

 

AFRICAN                      825

BANGLADESHI             27

CARIBBEAN         248

CHINESE                      9

INDIAN                          363

MIXED ASIAN                33

MIXED AFRICAN           28

MIXED CARIBBEAN       163

NOT STATED                89

OTHER ASIAN              409

OTHER BLACK             76

OTHER MIXED              56

OTHER                         63

WHITE                          1083

PAKISTANI                   1428

WHITE BRITISH             2212

WHITE IRISH                 54

 

3. Please provide number of how many people you have accommodated
following the statutory duty under housing act who have been declared
themselves as homeless and satisfied the homelessness assessment process.
Please give number by year starting from January 2012 to December
2013.Please also specify their gender, age group and if possible ethnic
identity.

Please see spreadsheets attached above.

 

4. Please provide number the people who are in current council waiting
list who are homeless - 52.

 

5. Please share what are the present council policy to address
homelessness. And how council is allocating budget for that.

This question is too unclear to be able to respond to, 'How the Council is
allocating budget for that' there are various homelessness agendas for a
Local Authority, e.g. prevention, advice and assistance, rough sleeping,
S184 homelessness decisions and so on.  The link to the homeless strategy
can be found in the answer to Q8 below.

 

6. Please share the total number of council house and please specify the
type of the house and number and area and how many are current empty.

Total number of properties 6456 and we currently have 20 vacant properties

 

7. Please provide how much council had spent yearly since January 2012 to
December 2013, to build new council house/flat.

1st Jan 2012 to 31st March 2012

£121,287.06

1st April 2012 to 31st March 2013

£2,949,780.35

1st April 2013 to 31st December 2013

£1,278,422.82

Total

£4,349,490.23

 

8. According to the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness Act
2002) all Local Authorities must have a Homelessness Strategy in place
what are the homelessness strategy of the Council. Please share the yearly
the yearly of starting from January 2012 to December 2013.

Slough Borough Councils Homeless Strategy is currently under review. The
most recent strategy can be accessed via this link -
[1]http://static.slough.gov.uk/downloads/ho...

 

10. Under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness
Act 2002) Council has certain responsibilities towards people who are
homeless or threatened with homelessness. Would you please provide number,
age, gender to whom you provided service following the specific law?

I am unclear if this relates to totals of Homeless applications
taken/approaches made to Slough Borough Council.  If this is with regard
to homeless applications taken by Slough Council I can confirm that there
were 754 homeless approaches in 2012 and in 2013 there were 440

 

11. How long you take to process housing benefit claim. How many housing
benefit claim has been process by the council since January 2012 to
December 2013. Please provide number of each year.

01.01.12 – 31.12.13 = 7456        average  27.68 days

01.01.13 - 31.12.13 =  6830        average  21.37 days

 

12. How much council had spent to pay the employees who are working on
homeless issues in council? Please give yearly details starting from
January 2012 to December 2013.

The salary grade for an Assessment Officer (Housing Advice/Homelessness)
is £26,321 to £30085pa and the council currently have 8 officers.  However
dealing with homelessness is only a small percentage of their role. 

 

13. How many people were successfully prosecuted for housing benefit fraud
during year 2012 and 2013?

2012 prosecutions= 15 (sole or jointly with DWP)

2013 prosecutions= 14 (sole or jointly with DWP)

 

14. Did council appointed any third party to find out or tackle benefit
fraud. If yes, who is the company and how much council has paid them for
the service.

No

 

 

 

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